One of the most important aspects of Plant Health Care (PHC) is pruning trees and shrubs in such a way as to promote their health and longevity. Pruning is most beneficial when performed on an annual basis to maintain a desirable, attractive natural shape to your plant and landscape.
When hiring a company to manicure the trees and shrubs in your landscape, you should consider one with a Certified Arborist (no need to give it another thought, call ArborTech for a free consultation). The arborist is highly trained in the biology of woody plants and knows what they need and sometimes, more importantly, what they don’t need. Many landscape companies use a shearing technique in which the tips of the outer branches are cut off. This technique stimulates dense growth on the outside surface of the plant, which reduces air and light to the interior of the plant, resulting in the loss of interior leaves. Some trees and shrubs, such as Boxwood, tolerate it, but a lot don’t.
Many people like their Hemlocks sheared tightly into a manicured hedge that you could nearly bounce a quarter off. Guess what?, repeated tight shearing of Hemlocks causes stress to the plant which increases susceptibility to damage from insects and disease, in addition to other aesthetic issues.
An arborist prunes a plant in such a way as to train plant growth, promote fruit production, encourage new growth, correct poor branch attachments and remove broken or dead branches. Pruning may also be done to provide clearance when branches interfere with structures, lighting, pedestrians, or vehicle traffic.
The best method for pruning a hemlock hedge, if you’re interested in long term health and longevity, is to maintain a loose, more natural form. This can be accomplished in many ways, including shearing, but it has to be skilled shearing. Hemlock hedges can still look neat and well maintained without shearing them within an inch of their lives, literally…trust us, we’re Arborists!
ArborTech Tree Services is proud to offer Annual Maintenance Pruning as part of our Plant Health Care Program. Call ArborTech or click here to set up a free consultation with a Certified Arborist to discuss how Annual Maintenance Pruning can work for you and your landscape.